Sunday, 8 December 2013

How to quote in your speech or quotes count

Hi All,
Today I am focusing on the positive effect on your speech of quoting.
You can start with a quote, finish with a quote and even use one or two in the body of your speech. They enhance your own words in several ways.If some people in the audience know the quite it increases their attentiveness. They could be curious to know how you are going to use it. They could pay more attention because they like the quote. If the audience does not know the quote, they may be keen to learn something new. Most quotes rhyme or have some alliteration and so they are just enjoyable to listen to. Of course, they should be relevant to your topic. They can be from someone famous, or even from a relative or friend of yours.

Here are some ideas for incorporating quotes into a speech. You could start off a speech about communication with the famous words of John Donne.
" According to John Donne, "No man is an island." What he meant is that we all need each other and we need to live with each other.Today I will share with you the five steps to better communication...."

You could start off with a poem.
""The furrow followed free.
And we were the first
Who ever burst
Into the silent sea."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge in this poem "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" is extolling the virtues  of the sea. I am about to extol the virtues of sea travel...."

You could quote a relative:
"My late dad always said farewell with the words, "G-d bless you." Although he died five years ago, his words still ring in my ears when I say good bye to my family."

Most famous lines come from dead, white men. "There is nothing to fear, but fear itself." "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." "I have nothing to offer you but my blood, tears, toil and sweat."

Quoting Shakespeare is a favourite of most people. He's very memorable and often suitable. "To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, thou'st then cannot be false to any man." Unfortunately he gave the lines to Polonious, a doddering old fool in Hamlet. Even the most famous "To be or not to be." could make a great quote in a speech about suicide or euthanasia.

Finishing with a quote, especially one that rhymes can be very memorable. It can even be a quote from an ad.
"Use water wisely." is an example.

The thing is that finding quotes on any subject is as easy as Googling the idea and the word quote. You will be amazed at how many quotes there are. The trick is to think of quoting in the first place.
So let me finish today's post with a quote from a poem "Be Specific".
 "For every idea there is a word.
 Don't say it was a bird. Say it was a swallow."

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